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Late goals save Bearna’s bacon after recovering from slow start

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Date Published: 30-May-2011

Bearna 2-10

Naomh Anna, Leitir Mór 0-11

Alan Dooley

LAST year’s beaten semi-finalists Bearna had to dig deep to earn a place in the last sixteen of the senior football championship and, more importantly, secure their senior status after a compelling battle with Naomh Anna, Leitir Mór which swung in the victors’ favour thanks to late goals from Ray Conneely and Kieran Hanley.

The five-point margin of defeat was undoubtedly harsh on a Leitir Mór side who started in whirlwind fashion and were ahead for 50 minutes of the contest until Conneely slotted home from close range to give Bearna a lead they would not relinquish. Hanley added the coup de grace deep into stoppage time.

Having wasted a mountain of possession in their opening round defeat by Moycullen, Bearna looked to be suffering a hangover from that loss in the opening quarter as Leitir Mór carved them apart to lead by five after only seven minutes of play. Playing into a stiff breeze, the omens were far from encouraging for Michael Lydon’s men but they showed admirable character to claw their way back into the contest by the interval.

Ray Conneely was the attacking fulcrum around which all their best moves revolved and although, like the majority of his team mates, he got off to a slow start, when the crucial scores were needed the full forward rose to the challenge and ended as the game’s top scorer with 1-3 from play.

Early on, though, Leitir Mór’s Patrick Mark Ó Fátharta looked as if he would be the most influential forward on show as he led the Bearna defence a merry dance and kicked two points, the first a wonderfully dispatched free from long distance in the opening minute. Ferdia Breathnach, Pádraig Bairéad, and Ciarán Ó Conghaile were also on target for the fired up Connemara men.

Unfortunately, in a manner similar to their defeat to Milltown, an inability to maintain that level of performance throughout the contest proved costly, as Bearna steadily got a stranglehold of the midfield sector and began to cut off the supply chain to the full forward line. Patrick Mark Ó Fátharta kicked another free after Ferdia Breathnach was impeded to restore the five point lead after Conneely’s riposte before striking a post with a ’45 shortly after.

Bearna were by now working the ball forward with increasing frequency and were denied a goal on 21 minutes when Paddy Kennedy got in behind the cover but saw his well struck shot expertly saved by Eoin Ó Conghaile. From the resultant ’45 though, the ball was worked into a position for the impressive Donal Feeney to point with his left peg.

Five minutes later Bearna added arguably the score of the game with a length of the field passing move that mixed patience with precision and ended with Kennedy splitting the posts to reduce the deficit to three. DD Flaherty then added his first of the game from a free before Kieran Hanley, from very close range, somehow contrived to drive an effort for a point wide when a goal seemed inevitable.

Leitir Mór ended the half on a positive note as Cormac Ó Confhaola set up Aonghus Ó Fátharta for a good score to make it 0-7 to 0-4 and another brisk start to a half saw them add two quick points from Ciarán Ó Conghaile and Cormac Ó Confhaola. Three wides in the same spell, however, meant their lead was not as healthy as it could have been.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.

A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.

Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.

Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.

Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

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Date Published: 12-May-2013

The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.

There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.

Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.

However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.

Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.

 

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